Exhibitions

Detail from ‘Saying Farewell at Xunyang’, 16th century, by Qiu Ying

What my addiction to Chinese painting made me do

9 November 2013 9:00 am

My addiction to Chinese landscape painting began in 1965 at the V&A, in a travelling exhibition of the Crawford Collection…

Is Paul Klee really a great modern master?

2 November 2013 9:00 am

There is a school of thought that sees Paul Klee (1879–1940) as more of a Swiss watchmaker than an artist,…

‘Path bordered with willows near Bethune’, 1874, by Camille Corot

The master of living, breathing landscapes

26 October 2013 9:00 am

One sometimes forgets when looking at French 19th-century art that the painting revolution that produced Impressionism coincided with a political…

‘Guitare et verre’, 1917, by Georges Braque

Braque in full flight

26 October 2013 9:00 am

Towards the end of his life, Georges Braque described his vision in the following terms: ‘No object can be tied…

‘Bunny Gets Snookered #1’, 1997, by Sarah Lucas

The big tease

26 October 2013 9:00 am

Perhaps the greatest irony of many in this first solo London show of Sarah Lucas is that it is sponsored…

‘Crouching Nude’, 1956, by Emilio Greco

Andrew Lambirth: Emilio Greco's early work is undeniably his best

19 October 2013 9:00 am

Emilio Greco (1913–95) is considered to be one of Italy’s most important modern sculptors, and certainly he was a successful…

Frank Holl: a forgotten talent much admired by van Gogh

12 October 2013 9:00 am

The Watts Gallery, just outside Guildford off the Hog’s Back, is a delightful place to visit at any season, with…

Is the best Australian art yet to come?

5 October 2013 9:00 am

Astonishingly, the last major survey show of Australian art in this country was mounted more than half-a-century ago. Then it…

Henry van de Velde — the man who invented modernism

28 September 2013 9:00 am

In the Musée du Cinquantenaire, a grand gallery on the green edge of Brussels, those bureaucratic Belgians are welcoming home…

Burn Moor (Double Rainbow)’, 2013, by David Tress

David Tress: an artist of independent spirit

21 September 2013 9:00 am

Like all artists of independent spirit, David Tress (born 1955) resists categorisation. He has been called a Romantic and a…

‘The Fallen Tree’, 1951, by John Nash

Under the Greenwood Tree - an exhibition worth travelling for

14 September 2013 9:00 am

A mixed exhibition of paintings, drawings and prints devoted to the subject of the tree might sound an unexciting event,…

Laura Knight was an artist skilled in the ways of the world

7 September 2013 9:00 am

The popular conception of Dame Laura Knight is of an energetic woman piling on the paint in the back of…

‘Anarchist’ by Alfred Munnings

At last Alfred Munnings is being taken seriously again

31 August 2013 9:00 am

Sir Alfred Munnings (1878–1959) did himself a grave and lasting disservice when he publicly attacked modern art in a bibulous…

Winner: ‘Self-Portrait’, 2013, by Thomas Newbolt

The problem with self-portraits: Ruth Borchard competition and Stranger reviewed

24 August 2013 9:00 am

My wife says you can always tell a self-portrait by the quality of its self-regard. There’s something about the eyes…

What a painter: ‘El Paseo’, c.1938, by Edward Burra

State-sponsored cultural renaissance in revolutionary Mexico

17 August 2013 9:00 am

Revolution shook Mexico between 1910 and 1920, but radical political change was not mirrored in the art of the period.…

Samuel Courtauld’s great collection

10 August 2013 9:00 am

In 1929, Samuel Courtauld owned the most important collection of works by Paul Gauguin in England: five paintings, ten woodcuts…

Compare and contrast Rodin and Moore

3 August 2013 9:00 am

One generation is usually so busy reacting against its predecessors that it can take years for a balanced appreciation of…

Modernist Marxists skew the Lowry exhibition

27 July 2013 9:00 am

There has been much positive comment about the rehang of the Tate’s permanent collection, which sees a welcome return to…

A Crisis of Brilliance makes the trek to Dulwich worthwhile

20 July 2013 9:00 am

This exhibition was dreamt up by David Boyd Haycock, a freelance writer and curator, following the success of a book…

Exhibitions: Why can’t the critical fraternity make up its mind?

13 July 2013 9:00 am

As more time elapses since the regrettable fracas over Kitaj’s 1994 Tate exhibition and his tragic suicide in 2007, he…

Exhibition: What really goes on in a royal bedchamber

13 July 2013 9:00 am

What exactly are the ‘secrets of the royal bedchamber’? That the actual bed was seldom if ever slept in let…

‘Basoa IV’, 1990, by Eduardo Chillida

Eduardo Chillida — the great modern sculptor, whom we shamefully ignore

6 July 2013 9:00 am

Eduardo Chillida (1924–2002) is one of the greatest of modern sculptors yet curiously little known in this country. The last…